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Can Marijuana Be as Effective as prescription drugs?

Oct 23


The use of marijuana for medicinal and recreational uses is growing around the world. The health benefits of marijuana are becoming more known and some are now using marijuana instead of prescription drugs.


We have to find out whether medical cannabis is safe and effective, as more states allow marijuana use and more people are using it instead of pharmaceutical drugs.


Read on 420ID to learn all you have to learn regarding medical marijuana Missouri.

What is marijuana and how do you use it?

Marijuana is produced of the Cannabis sativa flower that also contains hemp. Marijuana contains a range of cannabinoids. The most notable of which are:


THC: THC is a psychoactive compound that affects the brain, causing euphoria.

CBD does not induce a high, but it does provide many other health benefits.

Hemp is a very low-quality plant that contains very low levels of THC and is legal in the United States under the 2018 Farm Bill. Marijuana is classified as a Schedule I controlled substance by the federal government. However, the state laws differ. The term medical cannabis refers specifically to products produced from hemp or marijuana with different levels of THC or CBD.

What cannabis-based treatments have been accepted by the Food and Drug Administration?

Three FDA-approved drugs currently comprise CBD and THC. They're only approved for a few medical conditions: severe seizures as well as severe vomiting due to chemotherapy or significant weight loss due to HIV/AIDS.


  • Epidiolex is a CBD-derived plant from an herb that has been recognized as a treatment for severe seizures disorders like Lennox Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome.

  • Dronabinol (Marinol) is a synthetic THC that is used to treat vomiting, nausea, and weight loss due to chemotherapy or HIV.

  • Cesamet (Nabilone): This synthetic THC can also be employed to treat nausea and vomiting related to chemotherapy as well as for weight loss.

  • You can also try Nabiximols. They are an oral spray that is made up of both THC and CBD. It's used to treat muscle spasms as well as pain caused by multiple sclerosis. Even though it's not authorized for use in the United States, it is still available in Canada, Mexico, and a small number of European countries.

What conditions can marijuana be used to treat?

Marijuana products are typically used to manage chronic pain, anxiety, and depression. Patients who utilize marijuana as an alternative to prescription drugs are often seen using marijuana instead of:


  • Hydrocodone, oxycodone, and morphine are narcotic painkillers.

  • Anxiety medicine such as clonazepam, lorazepam, and co-employed to help with anxiety.

  • Sertraline, trazodone, and bupropion are antidepressants.


A lot of people are turning to marijuana to treat a myriad of conditions, including:


  • Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's disease

  • Anorexia Nervosa, a form of anorexia, is of anorexia.

  • Epilepsy

  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a type of multiple sclerosis, is condition that can affect individuals.

  • Crohn's disease is a chronic intestinal inflammation that affects

  • Glaucoma


A lot of people are testing to test it while the scientific community catches up with the safety and effectiveness. It turns out that some individuals would prefer to go to the store rather than get a prescription from their doctor. A survey revealed that 40 percent of cannabis users have stopped their prescriptions. Why is this? This could be due to various reasons:


  • They might be more confident in the medical benefits of marijuana.

  • It's possible that it will be more effective than the medications.

  • They might be better able to manage the negative effects of cannabis.

  • It's possible that they think it's more secure.

  • They may think that it's less dependent.

  • They might find that cannabis is readily available and accessible to them.

  • They might be able to pay for cannabis with less difficulty.

  • They may not be able to access traditional medical treatments.

Can marijuana be used to treat depression?

A few studies suggest that CBD, the main ingredient in marijuana, can aid with depression. This could be due to changes in brain serotonin. The majority of studies were conducted on animals. Additional research is required to determine the most suitable dose, strain, and formulation for humans.


However, caution must be used because, even though marijuana may temporarily improve depressive symptoms, it is likely that it will cause more depression over time.

Can marijuana help with anxiety?

Marijuana, and specifically CBD, is frequently utilized to help with anxiety. CBD could help alleviate anxiety symptoms in the short run, according to research, especially when it comes to social anxiety and public speaking.


In certain circumstances, marijuana may help reduce dependence on prescription drugs such as benzodiazepines. When medical cannabis was first introduced the majority of patients quit using benzodiazepines as per one study.


Research is again, however, very limited. Remember that the THC part of marijuana may create anxiety. It is possible that marijuana could cause anxiety and mood changes.

Can marijuana aid in the treatment of an eating disorder?

Cannabis is proven in studies to assist with eating problems including anorexia. One study found that Dronabinol may aid in the process of weight gain and body satisfaction. While dronabinol hasn't been approved for treating eating disorders, it's likely that marijuana's THC could have similar effects.


On the other hand, marijuana use may cause eating disorders. Marijuana increases appetite, which can exacerbate binge eating disorders or cause a binge-purge cycle for patients with bulimia.

Is marijuana treatment for insomnia?

Many suffer from insomnia, and a lot of them turn to cannabis to help them sleep. A study showed that a significant number of people who had used medicinal cannabis to aid in their sleep could stop taking prescribed sleeping pills.


The effectiveness of marijuana research in aiding sleep is not conclusive. Marijuana could aid in sleep and reduce the number of time people awake during the night. Patients with PTSD might experience fewer nightmares.


We're aware, however, that it can slow down eye movement and can cause sleep disruptions and lower quality.

Can marijuana be beneficial in treating pain?

In some cases, marijuana could be effective in providing pain relief. There are many people who use cannabis as a substitute for opioids. While it might not be effective in cases of acute pain such as those that occur after surgery, studies suggest that it may be beneficial for chronic pain, particularly nerve pain.


One study revealed that half of the people who were dependent on opioids to treat chronic pain might stop taking them and that one-third of them could decrease the use of opioids. In states that have legalized medical cannabis, prescription opioid use has diminished.

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